Standing up for Canberra

Canberrans still waiting for Turnbull's second-rate NBN

Families and businesses in Canberra are being held back by Malcolm Turnbull’s bungling of the NBN. 

Speaking ahead of an NBN forum at the Tuggeranong Arts Centre today, Shadow Minister for Regional Communications, Stephen Jones, has accused Malcolm Turnbull of making a mess of the NBN.

“In the last three years, the cost of his second rate NBN has almost doubled, the timeline has blown out and Australia has fallen dramatically from 30th to 60th in the world for internet speeds,” Mr Jones said.

Malcolm Turnbull’s second rate NBN model has spiraled out of control. He promised that it would be delivered for $29.5 billion - we now know that it will cost up to $56 billion.

He also promised it would be delivered by 2016. Instead, his inferior NBN won’t be rolled out until 2020.

“Australian businesses need reliable, fast broadband to compete in the global digital economy, but Malcolm Turnbull is shackling Australia to an NBN that relies on last century’s copper,” Mr Jones said.

Member for Canberra, Gai Brodtmann, said that there was a lot of dissatisfaction in the community about a lack of suitable telecommunications services.

“There are suburbs in Tuggeranong, like Monash and Theodore, which have the lowest rating in the country for both availability and quality of broadband, Ms Brodtmann said.

“Malcolm Turnbull promised that everyone in the country would get the NBN this year, but large parts of Canberra are not even on the rollout map. He promised Canberrans he’d deliver the NBN cheaper, faster and sooner. On all three counts, he’s been a disappointment.

“We have families in the nation’s capital, living 20 kilometres from Parliament House, who can’t access emails.

“Small-business owners have written to me saying their internet connection won’t let them process customer payments online,” Ms Brodtmann said.

Malcolm Turnbull is denying Canberrans opportunities to learn, advance their businesses and engage online.

Only a Shorten Labor Government can be trusted to get the NBN back on track and connect Australians to faster, high-speed broadband.